The governor of California on Thursday evening issued a statewide stay-at-home order to help combat the spread of the coronavirus.
The order, which takes effect Thursday night, asks residents to leave their homes only when necessary. It will remain in place until further notice.
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement came about an hour after officials in Los Angeles County ordered people to stay home except for essential needs or jobs and for indoor shopping malls and nonessential retail to close.
San Francisco and surrounding counties had previously issued orders to stay at home to stop the spread of the coronavirus and the illness it causes, COVID-19.